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Remembrances

Teddy Pendergrass Dies At 59

The R&B and soul singer died Wednesday night in Philadelphia. Together with his main songwriters, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Pendergrass helped define the Philadelphia Soul sound.

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